The Pilot House Restaurant
Wilmington, N. C.
Our Sunday lunch visit to the Pilot House was an experience in perfection. A combination of all the finest elements of Southern cuisine and sea fare in one beautiful, romantic setting on the edge of the Cape Fear River.
The ambiance is excellent, from the choice of color scheme on the walls in the foyer, to the large windows in the dining room, providing an exquisite view of the river.
We started things off with the Pilot House Oysters ($8.95), and I must say- this is one of the tastiest appetizers we have had the pleasure of taking in some time. The six oysters on the half shell are each sitting on a bed of collard greens, a chunk of mouth-watering country ham, bleu cheese and walnuts- This is an appetizer to savor. Don't rush it. Just enjoy a nice glass of southern ice tea, or some ice water in the metal goblets that are a part of each place setting.
Other tempting appetizers available include fried green tomatoes, shrimp and grits, and Cape Fear chowder.
The choices of entree were varied and plentiful- from Filet Mignon Au Poivre to Rack of Lamb. We opted fro the crunchy catfish with grits ($14.95) - a nice sized portion of catfish, coated in a tasty cracker -crumb crust- sitting atop some good ol' grits, and collard greens- and topped with tasso gravy. Heavenly.
The Pilot House is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Call 910-343-0200 for reservations. And as good and popular as Pilot House is, reservations are recommended.
- Michael Buffalo Smith